Bryan Cooper: “He’s an exciting three-mile chaser to have again. He gave me the feeling that the spark is still there.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Sir Des Champs made a successful return from a near-two-year absence at Thurles on Thursday. A dual Cheltenham Festival winner and runner-up to Bob(...)

Willie Mullins: with the full might of  Mullins’s all-conquering team set to be unleashed the issue of competition in the top pattern events is likely to produce further debate. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Fears that Don Cossack’s short-odds rout of only three opponents in the National Hunt season’s opening Grade One may be a sign of things to come this(...)

Air Force Blue ridden by Ryan Moore (right) wins the Dubai Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket. Photograph: Daniel Hambury/PA

Air Force Blue’s superb Dewhurst Stakes success on Saturday was a 13th Group 1 success in 2015 for Aidan O’Brien and the champion trainer’s reach is (...)

Davy Russell celebrates winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup with Lord Windermere. Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

It is 21 years since a reigning Cheltenham Gold Cup champion landed Leopardstown’s Hennessy, and jockey Davy Russell believes the current “blue-riban(...)

Robbie Colgan wins on board Mala Beach in the John Mulhern Galmoy Hurdle . Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Gordon Elliott’s ever-increasing impact at racing’s top table means Mala Beach could emerge an entirely appropriate winner of Ireland’s final Grade O(...)

Barry Geraghty celebrates winning The Lexus Steeplechase last year on Bobs Worth. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Road To Riches is currently the best chaser in Ireland on official ratings yet has been trading as fourth favourite for much of the ante-post betting(...)

Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Lord Windermere will be reunited with  Davy Russell in the John Durkan Chase at Punchestown. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpo

Ireland’s latest Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Lord Windermere may be returning to action in Punchestown’s John Durkan Chase but his latest Grade One assi(...)

1996 Gold Cup winner Imperial Call, pictured here with Ruby Walsh onboard at Punchestown in 1999, has died age 25
Gold Cup hero Imperial Call dies
  • Racing
  • November 29, 2014, 12:13

Imperial Call, the 1996 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, has died aged 25.The four-times Grade One scorer enjoyed his finest moment on a racetrack under th(...)

Ruby Walsh clears the last on Arvika Ligeonniere to win the John Durkan Memorial Chase on their last visit to Punchestown in December. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Punchestown Racing, Punchestown Racecourse, Co. Kildare 8/12/2013The John Durkan Memorial Punchestown SteeplechaseRuby Walsh clears the last on Arvika Ligeonniere to win the third race of the dayMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Strictly on handicap figures Arvika Ligeonniere is no certainty to land tomorrow’s Grade Two feature but the only statistic likely to end up counting (...)

 Trainer Tony Martin has a big decision to make about Bog Warrior.

An important piece of work tomorrow could decide if Bog Warrior – the horse once with the steeplechase world at his feet – makes his first start over (...)